The whistleblower’s story

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Genuine therapists fight ‘tainted’ massage sector image

first_imgNZ Herald 18 April 2018Family First Comment: Family First quoted in this article, asking for a review of the Prostitution Reform Act which has failed both communities and vulnerable and abused women (and some men) who work in the so-called ‘industry’.Chia said some Chinese and Thai massage shops had tainted the sector and many New Zealanders now associated oriental massage and massage therapists with sex.At Jula Thai Massage in Kingsland, owner Oubonwan Tan has a sign warning customers that any form of sexual harassment will not be tolerated.“We only provide Thai massage treatment, it does not involve any sexual activities,” the sign reads.”We reserve the right to ask you to leave or to have you removed if you in breach to our staff (sic).”Tan, who had worked at several other Thai massage centres – including one that had been closed down following a Labour Inspectorate investigation – said therapists were often propositioned for sex acts.Family First New Zealand is calling for a critical review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act and is opposed to calls to allow international students and other temporary migrants to work legally in the commercial sex industry.“Allowing migrants on student visa or work visa to work as prostitutes will simply open up a huge market for trafficking and exploitation which, based on anecdotal evidence, is already happening,” said spokesman Bob McCoskrie.“More and more vulnerable people are becoming victims because of the flawed decriminalisation of prostitution.”McCoskrie said a government report on prostitution after decriminalisation found that street workers experienced up to three times more violence than other workers including rape, holding against will and physical violence – which were reported less than 20 per cent of the time.“How can we be serious about reducing sexual violence against women when the state legitimises the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people,” he said.“There is a healthy stigma against prostitution, and for good reason.”Debbie Wiesehan, manager of Streetreach, said she would hate for New Zealand to be known as a place where women could come to work in prostitution.Wiesehan said many migrant sex workers feared authorities and weren’t reporting exploitation because they were afraid of their minder or immigration status.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Evans in squad to face Israel

first_img Evans had been left out of the original squad after suffering a quad injury during Hull’s pre-match warm-up against Crystal Palace earlier this month. However, he has now been added to Michael O’Neill’s party after passing a fitness test. Northern Ireland have called up Corry Evans for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Israel. Press Associationcenter_img Northern Ireland’s game against Russia was called off due to snow on Friday and then again on Saturday, meaning they need a result on Tuesday to salvage anything from what had been seen as an important double header at home. Evans adds to O’Neill’s midfield options in the absence of Chris Baird, who would have been suspended against Russia before coming into contention against Israel. last_img read more

Ellsworth Elks Soccer Shoot to be held Saturday

first_imgELLSWORTH — This year’s Ellsworth Elks Soccer Shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24.The event pits youth soccer players of all ages against one another in a shooting contest that provides a stern test of each player’s accuracy and power. More than 500,000 youth soccer players are expected to participate this year as Elks lodges across the country host qualifying tournaments in the coming weeks.Competitions are divided into boys’ and girls’ divisions with U8, U10, U12 and U14 classifications provided for each. The winners from each classification will advance to a district competition, where they will have a chance to reach the state and then regional championships.Hancock County had one particularly noteworthy contestant last year as Jacob Bagley of Hancock won the local, district and state crowns at the U12 level. The wins earned Bagley the chance to compete in the regional championships in Colonie, N.Y., last November.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s Del Luce Stadium. There is no charge for entry.last_img read more

Foakes, Curran help England beat Ireland by four wickets

first_img(REUTERS) – Tom Curran and Ben Foakes put together an unbeaten 98-run partnership to help England beat Ireland by four wickets in a one-off one-dayer in Malahide yesterday.Chasing 199 to win, England slipped to 101 for six as Ireland’s 19-year-old debutant bowler Josh Little made the most of seaming conditions to claim 4-45.However, wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes scored an unbeaten 61 and all-rounder Curran added 47 not out to give the top-ranked one-day side a scrappy victory. England had won the toss and elected to bowl after the match was put back by two hours and reduced to 45 overs per side amid concerns over a soggy outfield after overnight rain.Ireland captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling made a steady start and were 46 without loss at the end of 10 overs. But when they had reached 55, England quick Curran lured Stirling (33) into chipping the ball to a diving Jofra Archer at mid-on.Seamer Liam Plunkett removed Porterfield (17) and Lorcan Tucker (seven), before Curran added a second of his own when Joe Denly caught the experienced Kevin O’Brien (four) at backward point. The hosts were 111-6 but debutant Mark Adair hinted at a fightback as he smashed two sixes off Curran.Archer, who conceded 21 runs off his first spell of four overs on his ODI debut, returned to the attack to remove Adair with a 90 mph ball that went clean through the batsman and uprooted the off stump.Barbados-born all-rounder Archer is among a number of players who, despite being left out of England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup, will be hoping to stake a claim for a late call-up to the tournament starting May 30.Plunkett, who finished as England’s standout bowler with 4-35, and Curran picked apart the Ireland lower order as the hosts were all out with 11 balls to play. “At certain stages we knew it would be challenging, but the bowlers did a great job,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.“Three or four of us batted really poorly but Foakes was outstanding on debut … he and Curran got us over the line.”England will next travel to Cardiff for a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan tomorrow, before the two teams play a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday.last_img read more

USC Hillel pilots mental health, wellness initiative

first_imgThe Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative funded by Glenn and Andrea Sonnenberg in honor of their late son and from Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Cutting Edge Grant, will employ a full-time social work professional to take on the role of associate director of health and wellness.  For students across campus, USC Hillel, a small cottage tucked between campus and the Row, serves various purposes. Sometimes it’s a workspace, other times it’s a place for a home-cooked meal or an escape from the stress of college. Earlier this month, USC Hillel took on another role when it launched a wellness initiative to help students struggling with mental health. “In this plugged-in, ever-alienating society of ours, I think that there are not a lot of resources for people who may have issues,” Glenn Sonnenberg said. “Maybe not even big issues, but just day-to-day sort of making it through, [like] participating [in] activities with others and having a safe place to chill and maybe having somebody to talk to — it drove us to this wellness initiative.” Ilana Cohen, a junior studying cognitive science who frequently visits Hillel, said she hopes students will take advantage of the resources available through the initiative.  Putting student wellness high on the priority list is nothing new for USC Hillel. Past leadership, like former Executive Director Bailey London, emphasized Hillel’s role in addressing mental health on campus through informational workshops and organized activities that allowed students to unplug and take a breather.  The Sonnenbergs additionally stressed the importance of placing the initiative within reach of any student seeking help or someone to talk to, regardless of religious identity. Hillel also plans to continue weekly activities such as hiking, yoga and community sports as a part of its physical wellness program. center_img “Anyone who works on campus [knows] the pressures students face and the varying ways, and sometimes specialized ways, we might need to offer to respond to those pressures and to encourage healthy balance,” Cohn said. Dave Cohn, who is starting as this year’s executive director for USC Hillel, hopes to carry on the legacy that past leadership has instituted in making student wellness a high priority. Cohn previously worked for Hillel at UCLA and has spent years with college students at summer camps and university camps.  “In the past, especially recently, there were all these attacks on the Jewish community, and Hillel was a really great space to go to,” Cohen said. “They react and take care of the students immediately, and they bring you in. So this initiative is great because even outside the Jewish community things are always going on and problems are always arising. You always will need someone to talk to.” “The [Engemann Student Health Center] is not able to help everybody,” Andrea Sonnenberg said. “They’re overwhelmed by the demand. People can’t get in; they can’t get in for months, and they only get a certain number of sessions, so that’s part of the reason why the need is so great. There’s just not the supply.” American college students show higher rates of diagnosis for poor mental health, particularly for anxiety, depression and panic attacks, according to a study published by the Journal of American College Health last year. USC Hillel already provides resources for students struggling with drug addiction and depression, but this initiative takes that support much further by adding professionalization to an already established wellness program. last_img read more

Friday Night Lights: The D.O.’s high school football coverage

first_img Published on August 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm Few things excite a town like high school football, especially when it’s played under the lights on a crisp autumn Friday night. That’s why The Daily Orange Sports staff is launching new coverage this fall: “Friday Night Lights,” our high school football beat.There will be features, game coverage and previews — it’s our leap into covering what’s got the Syracuse-area buzzing every weekend.While The D.O. has always been committed to coverage of Syracuse University and SU Athletics, we recognize that community coverage is also a priority. “Friday Night Lights” is a great way to engage audiences off University Hill and expand our presence across the city.The high school coverage will be led by assistant sports editor Billy Heyen, and serves as another way to get young staff writers involved at The D.O.Local readers may already have a go-to spot for high school coverage, sure. But our reporting will be different. We’ll feature stories that aren’t told anywhere else, and cover games with a holistic approach, including a new focus on video content.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textD.O. Sports is excited about the new opportunity, and can’t wait to see you at local high schools, under the lights, this fall.Billy Heyen is an assistant sports editor at The D.O. He is your go-to source for high school football coverage and can be reached at or @Wheyen3 on Twitter. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture has received death threats…

first_imgCNW 90 SCRIPT – FEB 24Happy Friday everyone! Today is February 24. We’re taking a look at some of the top stories that are making the news across your Caribbean-American community. The coverage today is brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today.  Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!.Former Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, has received death threats on social media platforms after her call for the music of incarcerated dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel to be banned from radio. Reports of the threats has prompted the Police to issue warnings to members of the public that they can be prosecuted under the Cyber Crimes Act for issuing threats on social media.The main opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP) on Wednesday announced plans for a “National March of Disgust” on March 11 as the first step into to forcing the Freundel Stuart government to call fresh general elections. Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a news conference that Barbadians must now be given an opportunity to have a say in the economic decline of the country.President Donald Trump, has described his administration’s moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a “military operation,”. Trump made the declaration during a meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday. Trump is expected to sign a revised executive order targeting undocumented immigrants next week.In SportsAfter being in the wilderness for more than two years, power-hitting batsman, Kieron Powell has been recalled to the west Indies limited overs team for a three match tournament against England in the West Indies starting next month. However prolific batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles were left out..Here’s What’s TrendingBroward County Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie, has expressed his disagreement with a recent ruling by the US department of Justice and Departments of Education to rescind a May 2016 decision by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathroom based on the gender which they recognize..For tomorrows weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties with a High of 83 degrees and a low of 62.  For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.Today’s coverage was brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today.  Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!”This has been CNW90.last_img read more

32Red targets Wincanton winners in Grand National week

first_img ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share Wayne Rooney speaks from experience to support 32Red’s ‘Know Your Limits’ campaign April 8, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 With just four weeks to go in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, Gerry Murray is the latest expert to challenge AppBet’s Sarah Shannon for top spot.The Director of Brand & Acquisition for 32Red, the operator subject to an outright cash offer from Kindred Group, has provided expert tips for today’s seven race card at Wincanton.In Grand National week, Murray will be testing his mettle against sixth placed Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru from bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform in 16th.____________________________________1:50bettingexpert: Cousin KheeRan well in a big field at Doncaster and comes here freshened up after two months off the track.Timeform: Mr FickleTook advantage of the handicapper’s mercy when scoring by 11 lengths at Plumpton last week, and it’s feasible to think he can strike under a penalty granted similarly aggressive tactics.32Red: Mr FickleThis was between Gulshanigans and Mr Fickle, but I’ll take the trainer in better form the past few weeks and horse with a decent recent win at Plumpton.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Dance Floor KingA model of consistency with good form over this course and distance in the book.Timeform: Comeonginger12lb below his last winning mark and hails from a yard in very good form.32Red: Lou VertTwo respectable second place finishes recently and looks like the longer trip will be beneficial.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: Listen To The ManComes from the red-hot Skelton yard and shaped better than the bare form on his recent handicap debut.Timeform: Innocent GirlHas done nothing but improve since joining Harry Fry, making it four wins from her last six starts over fences at Taunton recently.32Red: Innocent GirlStable in decent form and last week’s win at Taunton suggests the winter break hasn’t done any harm.____________________________________3:20bettingexpert: Thumb Stone BluesProgressing nicely and has far more potential than his only serious market rival.Timeform: Thumb Stone BluesNot much to choose between him, Solighoster and Anchor Man on their best form but he is preferred after an easy win at Doncaster last month.32Red: Anchor ManYou should ignore the last outing at Market Rasen, but with a bit of weight in hand he could be well placed to bounce back.____________________________________3:55bettingexpert: Arctic LadyHated deep ground when finishing tailed off on her chase debut and much better is expected here stepping up in trip.Timeform: Butlergrove KingWasn’t seen to best effect when well backed at Stratford last time and is worth another chance in first-time headgear having eased another 4lb.32Red: Butlergrove KingNot a particularly confident pick, as he seems to like being beaten as favourite, but good ground should help.____________________________________4:25bettingexpert: Mon ParrainHe has a touch of class in hunter chases and will relish the decent ground at this speed based track.Timeform: Mon ParrainMon Parrain and Toby Lerone have established themselves as high-end hunter chase performers this term and can be expected to fight this out, with a 4lb concession enough to tilt the balance towards the former.32Red: ThereyarseeTaking a chance on potential here, but with five wins from 11 starts, there would appear to be some talent there.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert: Shall We Go NowBred to be useful and can make a winning debut for the excellent Harry Fry.Timeform: Diamond GuyPlenty of leading yards are represented, with Diamond Guy a very likely sort on paper.32Red: Diamond GuyClose your eyes and pick a number here with not much to base a selection off. Diamond Guy gets the nod as Nicholls’ horses have form in the race.____________________________________Where will Gerry Murray enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.614.63 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Timeform1.873.36 17Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 RankTipsterRace WinsPointslast_img read more

Wakaso sees red, Atsu benched: How Ghanaians fared in Europe’s top leagues this weekend

first_imgA number of Ghanaian players were in action across Europe over the weekend. Here’s a breakdown of how they fared.EnglandAlbert Adomah came off the bench for Middlesbrough in their 2-2 draw at Milwall on Friday. Jordan Ayew played 90 minutes for Crystal Palace in their 0-0 draw with Watford on Saturday. Jeff Schlupp started the game but was substituted. Christian Atsu was an unused substitute as Newcastle beat Southampton 2-1 at home. Andy Yiadom played 90 minutes as Reading lost 3-2 to Birmingham City.SpainOn Friday, Thomas Partey played 59 minutes of Atletico Madrid’s goalless draw at Villareal before being replaced by Vitolo. Mubarak Wakaso was sent off after picking up two yellow cards as Alaves were thrashed 3-0 by. Granada. He was a 36-minute substitute and was off after receiving yellow cards in the 40th and 67th minutes. Iddrisu Baba Mohammed was replaced in the second half of Mallorca’s 5-2 loss to Barcelona. Mohammed Salisu played 90 minutes for Valladolid in their 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad. Joseph AIdoo played 90 minutes for Celta Vigo as they lost 3-2 at Leganes. In the Segunda, Richard Boateng scored a consolation goal for Alcocorn as they lost 3-1 at home to Real Oviedo. Samuel Obeng was a second-half substitute for Oviedo.ItalyKwadwo Asamoah started on the bench for Inter Milan’s match against Roma. He eventually came on in the 72nd minute as the match ended 0-0. Nicholas Opoku was an unused substitute as Udinese drew 1-1 with Napoli. Alfred Duncan was an unused substitute for Sassuolo in their 2-2 draw with Cagliari. Emmanuel Gyasi was a substitute for Spezia in their 2-0 win over Livorno.GermanyKassim Nuhu Adams played the full game as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 5-0 to Dortmund. Nana Opoku and Bernard Tekpertey were unused substitutes for Dusseldorf. Christopher Antwi-Adjei started for Padeborn but was substituted in the second half as the away side beat Werder Bremen 1-0.FranceJohn Boye played 90 minutes and was yellow-carded for Metz as they lost 4-1 to Nice.BelgiumEric Ocansey was a substitute in Kortrijk’s 1-1 draw with Mechelen. Gideon Mensah played the full game for Zulte-Waregem as they lost 2-0 at Gent. Nana Asare was an unused substitute for Gent. Godfred Donsah played the full game as Cercle Brugge lost at home to Genk. Joseph Painstil came off the bench for Genk. Samuel Asamoah was a substitute for Sint-Truiden as they lost 2-1 to Club Brugge.NetherlandsRobin Polley was an unused substitute as Den Haag drew 0-0 with FC Twente.last_img read more